AT least 30,000 barangays (village) have been provided electricity connection by the National Electrification Administration (NEA) benefiting 11 million households all over the Philippines.
NEA Administrator Edita Bueno said the move is part of the agency’s Sitio Electrification Program (SEP) with the support of its partner-electric cooperative nationwide.
According to NEA, the 30,000th energized under the SEP is Sitio Malipayon in Sagay City, Negros Occidental within the coverage of Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (Noneco).
While consumer Luisa Laguyo of Sitio Nompolia, Hungduan, Ifugao was identified as the beneficiary of the 11 millionth household connection under the coverage area of the Ifugao Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ifelco).
“These milestones reflect the strengthened partnership of the agency and the electric cooperatives (ECs) in bringing power to a majority of underserved sitios in the country,” said Bueno in a statement.
SEP, which has a goal of electrifying 32,441 barangays by the first quarter of 2016, is part of the Aquino administration’s Social Contract with the Filipino People under its Social Reform Agenda.
From October 2011 to November 2015, NEA was able to connect to the grid a total of 30,023 sitios, bringing the sitio electrification level to 97.66 percent.
Meanwhile, consumer connection was raised to 11.076 million, with the additional 440,360 consumers connected in 2015.
The overall electrification target is 90 percent electrification of households by 2017, anchored on the Household Electrification Plan of the Department of Energy (DOE).
Bueno is optimistic in meeting their target next year with the Aquino administration’s support and the commitment of 119 ECs nationwide.
The Aquino administration has approved a total of P 22.31 billion subsidy to NEA to implement the program.